Sailor suspended and fined $3,500



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NSW Waratahs and Wallaby winger Wendell Sailor has been handed a two-match suspension and a $3,500 fine by an ARU Conduct Tribunal this evening.

The sanction is in addition to the one-match suspension and $500 fine that was previously handed down by a Waratahs Disciplinary Committee.

As a consequence, Sailor will not be able to play in any form of Rugby up to and including 10 March.

Sailor’s two-match suspended sentence handed down last year by a Wallaby Disciplinary Committee remains in place.

The sanction was handed down by an ARU Conduct Tribunal which was chaired by Senior Counsel Lindsay Foster, and included NSW Rugby Union representative and Board member Edwin Zemancheff and ARU Chief Operating Officer Rob Clarke.

The hearing was called after the ARU and the NSW Rugby Union agreed last week that the issue of Sailor’s behaviour whilst in South Africa with the Waratahs required consideration by a Conduct Tribunal.

The Tribunal found that Sailor’s action while in South Africa last week had caused considerable damage to the image and reputation of his team, the NSW Rugby Union, the Australian Rugby Union and the game as a whole.

The Tribunal heard of Sailor’s deep contrition and took into account his on-field work ethic and his extensive charity and community work away from the game.

However it also took into account his prior record of off-field behavioural issues and found it necessary to impose a sanction that matched the damage to Rugby that his actions had caused.

Australian Rugby Union CEO and Managing Director Gary Flowers said he was satisfied with the finding of the Tribunal.

“This is a tough penalty handed down by an independent tribunal which included representatives of both the ARU and the NSW Rugby Union.

“We have hundreds of professional players, coaches and administrators, not to mention over 170,000 grassroots players, all of whom work extremely hard to represent their club, state or country and promote the game of Rugby.

“It is unacceptable that all this hard work and goodwill can be undone by the actions of a player.

“Australian rugby and our supporters expect their players to represent themselves, their team and their country in a manner befitting an international player.

“It is unfortunate that we have had to resort to such a measure, but in this instance we were left with no choice.”

NSW Chairman Arvid Petersen said: “Although this is technically an ARU Tribunal, it has been conducted with the full involvement and support of the NSW Rugby Union.

“While this might be a disruption to the Waratahs’ Super 14 campaign, it is important that we take a strong stance in the area of player behaviour and off-field discipline.

“We now have an important home game ahead of us against the Sharks on Saturday so we look forward to now putting this behind us.”

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